‘Great British Spring Clean’ community clean-up a great success

More than 50 volunteers rolled their sleeves up and got picking and clearing as part of a community clean-up event across Beechwood and Ballantyne, Wirral.

Beechwood, Ballantyne & Bidston Village Partnership Big Local recently ran the initiative as part of the national ‘Great British Spring Clean’ campaign which aims to collectively achieve a million miles of litter-picking.

Adults and children got to work sprucing up their local area – picking up litter, bagging, clearing and sweeping surroundings – accruing more than 112 volunteering hours over the course of the day. Five skips were funded by Big Local and Wirral Borough Council to give residents the chance to get rid of some of their larger items free of charge.

Reflecting on the day, Big Local Programme Officer Helene Storey said, “In the past 12 months our outdoor spaces and places have mattered to us more than ever before which is why it was so important to clear the area as much as we could.

“It was a fantastic turnout with children and residents taking part as well as staff from local organisations in small COVID-secure groups around two estates. It was a great day and lovely to see so many members of the community involved.”

Organisations and partners involved included:

  • The Community Foundation for Merseyside
  • Wirral Borough Council
  • Onward Housing
  • Bee Wirral
  • Autumn Glades Nursery
  • Beechwood Chapel
  • Merseyside Police
  • 1st Beechwood Scouts
  • Little Centre & Food larder
  • Cllr Brian Kenny and Cllr Julie McMannus

Big Local is a lottery-funded project that has made a £1 million investment in Beechwood, Ballantyne & Bidston Village.

Big Local puts the local community, and most importantly residents, firmly in the driving seat allowing them to identify local needs, take action and make a lasting, positive difference. 

The project is being administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, which specialises in helping individuals and organisations give to causes that matter to them, where there is most need and where it will have the greatest impact.

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